A heartbreaking letter together with a Christmas wish list penned by a boy from a foster care family sparked the attention of online users, with many offering to pay and grant his wishes. But here’s the catch — nobody knows the name of the boy or where his address is.
Photographer Stuart McColl who stumbled upon the child’s letter in a field near Dunfermline in Fife, Scotland, was so moved by the letter that he decided to post it online in hopes of finding the writer of the letter.
The letter was found attached to a deflated balloon and only left little clues which make it hard to track the boy down. The child had mentioned that he is staying in a foster home, that he missed his dad, and his mother is ill.
But among his wishes of “boots/studs, Astros, rebounder net, new Premier League ball and a Real Madrid kit”, the boy’s most touching wish is to get a “letter under his pillow from his dad in heaven.”
According to AsiaOne, the 30-year-old photographer already contacted several foster agencies saying that this case was “just too sad to ignore.”
“I’ve never done anything like this before but it’s a really tragic story so it would be great to do something to help this person who is having such a tough time,” he told Dunfermline Press.
In his letter, the unknown boy wrote:
“Hi dad, just writing you a letter to tell you I’m missing you and tell you news!
“I’m sure you know I’m in foster 🙁 cause mom is sick and my ear is blocked from Monday.
“Tomorrow we’re leaving.
“I really miss school and you. I know are up in heaven but are you safe?
“Oh ya before I go here’s my dream and xmas list.
“My dream is for you my daddy to put a note under my pillow that you wrote.
“My xmas list: boots/studs, Astros, rebounder net, new Premier League ball, Real Madrid kit
“Bye daddy I love you.”
Stuart’s attempt to find the boy has since gone viral with many people offering to pay for the gifts the child was wishing for. After a photo of the letter was posted, it was shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page last week which was shared more than 6,000 times.